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Food Policy

CBD for Pets

Food Policy,Food Safety | November 9, 2018

Cannabis for your pooch?  CBD for Pets? Many sources tout the human health benefits of CBD oil – the beneficial, non-THC containing component of Cannabis.  Now there seems to be a similar health benefit to our four-legged friends.  Like medical… read more

California and Cage-Free Chickens

Food Policy,Food Safety | November 1, 2018

What came first: the chicken or the cage? Obviously, the chicken came first. But caging animals is a long-standing practice in the poultry industry to maximize available space for husbandry in the name of profit. Keeping chickens in a cage is… read more

Going Clean? McDonalds New Menu

Food Policy,Food Safety | October 29, 2018

Ask anyone in my family or circle of friends about my disdain for fast food. Not that I don’t indulge in the occasional burger and fries while traveling or in a hurry; but, as a general rule I stay away… read more

Of Pesticides, Produce and PLU Codes

Food Policy,Food Safety | October 3, 2018

How many of us have taken our chances with something? Does it extend to your purchases of food? I would have to say most likely not. We check expiration dates, sell by dates; we visually examine food for signs of… read more

Restaurant Food Fraud: When It Says Organic, But the Product Says Otherwise

Food Policy,Food Safety | September 27, 2018

Organic foods have seen a rise in the past several years and have become a big business with homes across America using more and more organic foods in their daily lives. A whopping 82% of families consume $45 billion in… read more

The Second Battle of the Bulge: Food Addiction Fast Foods Edition

Food Policy,Food Safety | September 3, 2018

I believe that with few exceptions, most of us would look at the picture above and exclaim “Oh that looks soooooo good”! It’s almost a knee-jerk reaction due to years of conditioned responses delivered by countless and relentless media messages…. read more

A FSMA Shakeup in the Future?

Food Policy,Food Safety | August 30, 2018

The Trump administration has proposed a reorganization of the federal government that would dramatically change the way that food safety is handled. The plan seeks to consolidate the various agencies that regulate food in the United States so that their… read more

Labeling GMOs

Food Policy,Food Safety | August 2, 2018

After months of public input and deliberation, the USDA has released their proposal for labels on genetically modified foods. The proposed guidelines are open for public comment until July 3rd, and would go into effect in 2020. What is on… read more

Get Some Culture: A Guide to Culture Independent Diagnostic Tests vs Benefits of Culture

Food Policy,Outbreaks & Recalls,Science | July 29, 2018

Doctors and Epidemiologists share some common goals, but sometimes their perspectives diverge.  Doctors and Epidemiologist alike want to identify what is making patients sick so that they can receive the appropriate treatment.  Each would also like this answer as soon… read more

History Made – FDA Demands Recall Due to Salmonella

Food Policy,Food Safety,Salmonella | July 29, 2018

Food recalls have become a common trend that occurs throughout the year.  They can cause massive hysteria and send consumers into a state of panic.  Consumers expect a product they’ve purchased to be safe but oftentimes a product that has… read more